’Voted via postal ballot’: Jayant Sinha responds to BJP’s show cause notice for not casting vote in Lok Sabha election

Former Union Minister Jayant Sinha explained that he voted through postal ballot due to overseas travel for personal commitments. He expressed disappointment at not being contacted by BJP officials for election activities in Jharkhand.

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Updated23 May 2024
BJP leader Jayant Sinha. (HT File Photo)
BJP leader Jayant Sinha. (HT File Photo)(HT_PRINT)

Former Union Minister and Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha responded on Thursday to a show cause notice from the BJP regarding his absence from voting in the Lok Sabha 2024 polls by saying that he voted through the postal ballot process as he was overseas due to “personal commitments.”

Sinha's two-page response addressed to BJP's Jharkhand general secretary Aditya Sahu expressed disappointment that the show cause notice issued on Tuesday was released to the media.

His response read, “I was very surprised to receive your letter and discover that you have released it to the media as well. Given my contribution to the party....the public issuance of the letter is unseemly. Your approach demoralises dedicated party workers and the party's collective efforts.”

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Sinha wrote that he had communicated to the BJP's national chief, JP Nadda, on March 2 that he would step back from electoral responsibilities this time.

“I withdrew from the Lok Sabha elections on 2 March 2024 after consulting with Shri Nadda and getting his explicit approval,” Sinha wrote.

Further, Sinha wrote, “If the party had wanted me to participate in any election activities, you could surely have contacted me. However, not a single senior party official or MP/MLA from Jharkhand reached out to me post my announcement on March 2. I was not invited for any party events, rallies, or organisational meetings.”

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Sinha said he left India on May 10 to attend personal commitments overseas.

“The party had not asked me to participate in any events, so I saw no reason to stay. Before leaving India, I sent my vote through the postal ballot process,” Sinha added, “It is wrong to allege that I did not exercise my responsibility to vote”.

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Sinha said he was “unjustly targeted” by the BJP and said, “To send me a letter after the election is over is incomprehensible”.

The saffron party on Tuesday slapped a show cause notice on Sinha, citing his lack of interest in “organisational work” and “election campaigning” ever since the party fielded Manish Jaiswal as the candidate from the Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat. 

The notice said, “You are not taking any interest in organisational work and election campaigning ever since the party declared Manish Jaiswal as the candidate from the Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat. You did not even feel the need to exercise your vote. The party's image has been maligned because of your conduct.”

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